Monday, January 24, 2011

Margaret West in the Author Spotlight

What is Romance?
by Margaret West

I write paranormal and romance novels. The question I ask today is...What is Romance? To define it, romance is the very essence of life. Without it your love life will never be complete. It brings a sort of identity to your relationship. An elderly man holding the hand of his elderly wife. They’ve probably done that for years, yet still, they need that closeness. So where does romance come from? Grand gestures, flowery words? No, it comes from the heart. It’s nice to have a man open a door for you, buy you flowers for no other reason than he wanted to.

In the daily grind of life it’s possible to forget about each other. That flame that once burned in your heart begins to diminish to a pale glow and suddenly you find yourself not knowing each other anymore. To hold onto your love, there has to romance and that’s what I try and put into all my novels.

When the real world gets too much to bear sometimes it’s nice into slip into a fictional reality. Read as a love story unfolds with all its twists and turns..
Full of tears, laughter and disappointments, my latest release Spirit Intervention is a comedy romance. When a mother from the spirit world tries to change her daughters love interest, havoc ensues and if she doesn’t put it right, her Grandchildren will never be born.

Abigail Cottage is my next release. This is a dark paranormal, written when I was just finding my feet as a writer over 20 years ago. When Abigail falls in love with Justin she can’t begin to know the world of hurt she is heading into. Gorgeous, kind, rich – he’s the man we all dream to meet. BUT, all is not what it seems, because Justin is a demon from hell, disguised as a mortal being. He wants her and will kill or maim anyone who tries to stop him. Namely Shaun the real hero, who wants Abigail more! So what does a mortal man do against a demon? He enlists the help of a gypsy of course. But not any old gypsy. Rosa knows Justin very well and has the powers of the spirit world on her side to fight him. Using crystals as a powerful weapon, the light of the spirit world to lead them, they embark on a battle with the whole of the underworld. Many loved ones will lose their lives. This isn’t a book where everyone survives. In real life, bad things happen. In Abigail Cottage, terrible tragedies occur too. Believe... not every story can have a happy ending.

Buy links
Abigail Cottage: Amazon
Hedge-Witchery Books:

Spirit Intervention: and soon from Amazon

Born in England, Margaret moved to the Kent countryside five years ago to get away from the busy life in London. She is married with two grown up children and has worked in various fields of work. She is a Clairknowing medium, Crystal Therapist, Parapsychologist and Psychic Development tutor.She has been writing for over 20 years and has numerous short stories, novels and articles published. Margaret writes romance and paranormal romance, incorporating her spiritual experiences into her books.
Her love for literature extends from writing to reading and is always willing to embrace new ideas and philosophies. She likes nothing more then to sit with a good book in the quiet realms of the countryside, with her dogs, Odin and Chester. A true animal lover, Margaret’s warmth and sensitivity is reflected in her writing.
Visit Margaret online at her web site:; her writers blog:, her spiritual blog: or on Facebook:!/margaretwest.Author


Cate Masters said...

Welcome Margaret! Have a nice cup of cappuccino to warm you up! I'm freezing, lol.
Love those covers - beautiful!

country queen said...

What is Romance? To my mind romance is the unexpected flowers, that special look that says it all, a quiet night in watching a movie that he has let you pick even knowing that it'll be a weepy. But for me it's going all weak at the knees when you are going to see that special someone again.

Margaret West said...

Hi cate
thanks for having me. Slurps coffee..ahh, a caffine hit is just what I need.
Country queen, you are a true romanctic :-)

Skyla Wilde said...

Romance for me is someone who loves you unconditionally.

Lorrie said...

Romance, to me, is knowing that your other half is always there for you, no matter the circumstances. Someone who will listen without condemnation and offer support.
Nice post, Margaret.
Hi Cate.

Julie Lynn Hayes said...

Romance and love, love and romance - two integral concepts, and yet you can have one without the other. You can romance someone you don't love. And you can love someone you don't romance.

So, how do you know when love is love and not mere physical attraction? How do you know when you're not being romanced for all the wrong reasons?

Romance, I think, can be many things - the partner who sees how bad your day has been and offers to relieve you of your burdens; the lover who surprises you with an unexpected night out or a day off; the hug for no reason other than someone loves you. It doesn't have to scream its presence with candy and flowers and diamonds - it weaves itself into the fabric of our lives and makes them that much better.

That is how I see romance. said...

Hi Margaret,

Wonderful post about romance. I agree with Country Queen. "But for me it's going all weak at the knees when you are going to see that special someone again."

Emma Lai said...

Good Monday morning everyone. Definitely need a cup of coffee on this cold day. Margaret, congrats on the release. Cate, I like the new look.

Romance, to me, is my husband taking the child so I can have some me time. I come back from the movies or coffee or whatever and feel rejuvenated and so in love with dh.

Zequeatta Jaques said...

Enjoyed your post,Margaret. To me romance and love are intertwined, yet completely different. Romance is the chocolates or roses received from a lover or would be lover. Love on the other hand is the partner who's there even during your darkest hour. Someone whom you don't need chocolates or roses from because you know they are faithful and loyal now matter what.

Peggy said...
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Peggy said...

Romance is still seeing your husband after 50 years as that handsome man you fell in love with.

Heather Kuehl said...

Hi Cate and Margaret! I nominated both of you for the Stylish Blog Award! Please visit my blog to see how to accept your award:

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Margaret,
Romance, you certainly described it very eloquently.



Margaret West said...

Thanks for your comments everyone. Tonight I'll pick the best comment and send you a thank you gift from moi.

Heather..thank you..rushing to you now xx